inspiration at work

We received a message from blogger vintage thrift & craft. The author and her 14 year old daughter, Paige, saw some of our fitting room artwork on our blog. Paige was inspired to a mural of her own! Her mom let her take over a wall of their hallway, and this is what she came up with. Awesome, right?

grace -Aug 17, 2012, 6:22PM
ah, the freedom to paint all over a white wall at any age, what could be more liberating? Awwwww she’s a cutie pie, and very talented. Do I see a future Freepeople graffic designer :)
vicky -Aug 17, 2012, 8:57AM
ah, the freedom to paint all over a white wall at any age, what could be more liberating?

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Urban Outfitters Inc. has a building called 543 in the Navy Yard that is the center of employee life. This building is shared by the three brands and is also open to the public. 543 houses our restaurant/cafeteria, gym, yoga studio, coffee shop, and magazine shop among other things. Since it is a space the employees visit so often, we thought it would be a great place to set up an art gallery to display the artwork or collections of the employees. Our company is filled with creative people and we want to showcase all of their hidden talents…
So to kick it off, Free People employee Kris Chau set up a show of her art work with her best friend Brielle. You might recognize Chau’s style from a few illustrations that have been posted on the blog. Check out the video of Kris and Brielle and the gallery opening, and Kris Chau’s website!!

sabine Brandt -Jul 01, 2007, 2:31AM
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-Jun 29, 2007, 1:20PM
thats funny I always thought Kris Chau was a male!

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craft catch up

Did you miss the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend? Or maybe you’re thinking about checking out the Chicago scene? Poppy Talk did this cool guide to the fair that can catch you up on what you missed… Above image from rock paper scissors

from bang
from woolies

bathrooms -Dec 23, 2009, 1:09AM
Great comment, love the design of the site too.
Kate -Jun 21, 2007, 12:02PM
The bag is fab...I'm a sucker for anything with typefaces on :)

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Etsy has teamed up with Instructables for this Sew Useful contest. So you know that Etsy is all about supplying a marketplace for the independent artist and crafter, and Instructables is a community created to share the how-to’s for useful projects. I love how Instructables encourages the sharing of finds and ideas. I mean, that’s what blogging is all about, right? Anyway, combining these two ideas, you get the ultimate way to support the handmade community. And there’s prizes…

And they’re working with one laptop per child. So check out the contest!

good taste arbiter -Jun 16, 2007, 3:20PM
so many oblique references to bags, chinese cafes, cojoined twins, onesies. who's running this blog anyways? nazi prolifers? so disappointed in free people. maybe you should change your brand name to reflect your views more accurately

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So our travel themed craft swap is coming to a close. These photos are just a few of the amazing crafts the particpants have exchanged. Check out our flickr group to see the rest, and leave these guys some comments! The creativity of all you swappers is seriously incredible. Hope you all had fun!!!!

-Jun 11, 2007, 12:56PM
Hold on! It ain't over 'til it's over. I'm still going to post my swap gift picture and introduction on the flickr page. I think other people's photos and gifts are still trickling in too, so keep checking the swap page. : )
mara -Jun 09, 2007, 3:14AM
Can you organize another swap for the summer?

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My attention has recently been captured by jotterblog, a paper/stationary/craft blog written by one of our avid fp blog fans. As I am new to their site, I went back and checked out the archives, and found a post on these awesome paper dresses.

I’m also loving their love of chickens. Guess what. Chicken Butt. Check out the chicken entries here and here.

Gladys -Jun 06, 2007, 4:37PM
Guess Why? Chicken Thigh. Guess Who? Chicken Poo.
Lauren -Jun 06, 2007, 1:19PM
ha,ha! those are cute..

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renegade craft fair

It’s coming up, so clear your calendars, and make that road trip to NY! The Renegade Craft Fair is sponsored by Bust Magazine and is seriously awesome. This year is their biggest yet, with over 300 artists participating. And I’m sure some of our favorite craft bloggers will be there. Leave a comment with your link if you’re going! It looks like this year there will be vendors set up in the pool instead of the park. I guess that lessens the chance of getting hit with a baseball. See you there!
Oh, and if you live near Chicago, the fair is held there too! Check out their site for more info…

Above are some photos from last year. Check out the rest on the RCF flickr site.

fpgirl -Jul 15, 2007, 11:18AM
Hello, hi. If you go to the Renegade craft fair website, they have a list of vendors. Maybe a name will ring a bell??? Hope you find them!
hi -Jul 14, 2007, 7:15PM
hey, not sure if anyone actually checks this, but i was at the fair and saw these really great ipod cases with plastic cord holders attached..and of course now i can't find them on esty or anywhere.. anyone know what i'm talking about?

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new crafts, new blogs

The first few images for the travel swap are posted! Check out the details on our flickr page.
Also, on the flickr page, I recommend checking out all of the messages left in our “introductions” stream. Find it under “discuss” or “discussions”. Practically all of the swappers participating have listed their blogs, websites, or myspaces. Lots of new blogs and artists out there to be discovered. So get to it!

hyeok Lee -Jun 01, 2007, 11:48AM
what a cute travel crapebook !! hi~ I'm korean. The small paper that written "fravono" on the book is wrapping paper of chewing gum from korea. It's so much fun to me~^^
fpgirl -Jun 01, 2007, 12:40AM
Hey Emily. Hopefully your partner can take pics and post them for you! You should email them and ask...

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style will save us

I really love this digital mag style will save us, and they love “all things super-stylish, organic, ethical, eco-friendly, vintage, recycled and sustainable.” In the current issue, they did an article on re-worked vintage and featured the “post-vintage” work of fashion and art collective Andrea Crews (pictured above). Check out the article here

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diana -Jun 08, 2007, 7:07PM
I hope style will save us too:D mostly I hope for Romania to be saved, politically and style wise too.

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travel swap news

This is for anyone signed up to swap… You should have your partners by now. I’m still getting some comments trickling in about not having partner info. If you don’t have a partner, then the message went to your junk box or you gave me the incorrect (or no) email address. So let me know asap and I can fix you up!!
Also, be sure to join our travel swap flickr group so you can share you photos and see everyone else’s. I can’t wait to see all the crafts!

fpgirl -May 21, 2007, 3:21PM
Hey anonymous. Sorry I've been slow getting back to you. I wanted to check in and make sure I could share that info with the public. Free People employees get 40% off all full price clothing and accessories across all three brands, Free People, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.
-May 21, 2007, 1:16PM
hello??? I'm just curious -- what kind of discount do you get from working at FP?? Thanks :)

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I know this is late notice if you actually live close enough to Philly to go tonight, but I would like to support the artist anyway, so I thought I’d give her a shout out…
May 11th, 7pm-9pm
At Benna’s Cafe’ (which is located on the north-west corner of 8th and wharton st in south philly)
Katie Henry will be having a party and you are all invited.
There will be mint juleps and miniature dinosaur cupcakes and miniature fruit tarts and wine and cheese and balloons and good people.
Oh and there will also be Katie’s beautiful sewn drawings and handbags.
Please come if you can, and tell your friends to come as well.

-May 11, 2007, 5:05PM
That is really cool. The refreshments sound enchanting too. P.S> Have swap partners been assigned yet for the travel swap? I signed up for the swap on time, but have not received an email yet.

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etsy labs

I was browsing through this week’s issue of Time Out New York, when I spotted the word “Etsy” under the “recently opened” section. It seems Etsy, our fav DIY web merchant, has opened up their warehouse, or the Etsy Lab, for…
*Workshops on making things
*Advice & help with your Etsy shop
*Meeting other artists
*Getting out of your house
*Creative projects
*Community events
So if you live anywhere near Brooklyn, I would check it out!

-May 11, 2007, 2:45PM
I'm just curious -- what kind of discount do you get from working at FP?? Thanks :)
Beth -May 11, 2007, 12:40PM
If I only lived in NY! oh well, CA will have to do for now. Love your blog! So inspiring, ecspecially while I am in the process of opening my own store ( advice for a new store owner?

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